5.56 Timeline

Natural Disaster Supplies

Cassie Larsen submitted this article.

In the case of a natural disaster situation. You want to be prepared to take care of yourself, your family and maybe your close neighbors. In the days leading to a known weather emergency you don’t want to be battling people trying to get the last bottle of water off the shelf or going to three different stores to buy a flashlight. After the disaster you don’t want to be dependent on the government for all of your needs. You need to be prepared ahead of time to be able to take care of the situation.

I’m going to discuss some of the basic things you need to get yourself started on being self reliant.

1. Food- You can live for weeks without food. You won’t be happy or thinking clearly but you’ll be alive. So I recommend having a 3 month food supply always on hand. (http://looserounds.com/2012/10/06/the-importance-of-a-3-month-food-supply-and-getting-started/) If you can’t have a 3 month food supply or don’t want one have a 72 hour supply of food. 72 hour supplies of food can be simple MRE’s and power bars. It’s nice to have comfort foods on hand for yourself and children. Comfort foods can help ease nerves and help you to have a sense of normalcy. I don’t recommend storing freezer meals as your emergency 72 hour foods. In most severe weather situations you will not have power, there will be no way to prepare or store the food. Keep on hand a manual can opener to open all those canned goods, no power means no electric can opener. When thinking about what foods to store for the natural disaster think about what’s easy to prepare and will still be something you can eat without a lot of preparation. A natural disaster isn’t the time to pull out new recipes.

2. Water- You can’t go more than a couple of days without water. Water is a big one to make sure you have plenty of on hand. FEMA recommends storing 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking, bathing and cooking for at least three days. For a family of four that would be 12 gallons of water. Remember to store water for your pets too. Water should be stored in food grade, PETE or PET containers. Don’t store water in old milk containers they will break down. I’ve even purchased water from the store in milk type containers that have broken down after a year and leaked. I use old gallon juice containers with great success. Clean out any container you use prior to storing the water with a mixture of household bleach and water. 1 tsp bleach to 1 liter of water. Storing water purification items is also a great idea in case your clean water supply runs out.

3. Lighting- You should have multiple lighting options. Flashlights, candles, LED lights, oil, fires, solar powered, snap lights, battery operated, hand cranked, and shake flashlights. There are many different types of lights in each of those categories. Find which ones work for you.

4. Medical- I recommend you have a basic knowledge of first aid and CPR. If that means taking a class then signup now and be prepared. You should have a first aid kit and over the counter meds. If you are feeling the need for more look into specialty equipment for treatments of burns, gun shots, and large wounds.

5. Communications- I recommend having a hand cranked radio with cell phone charger attachment. That way you can keep up on the news, have light and charge your phone. If the cell phone towers in your area are down and the power is out, you can use a phone that plugs directly into the phone line, if those lines still work. A battery powered radio is also good to have. It will keep you updated on what’s going on around you, and where to go if you do need assistance. Just remember to keep batteries for it. There are many great options for radios; hand cranked, battery and solar powered. It’s also good to have a list of the emergency numbers in your area. The emergency responders in my area suggest everyone write down the coordinates of their home. After a major disaster many street signs and land marks are gone. It’s even harder to find you to give you help if they can’t find the house. There are many ways to get the latitude and longitude of your home, the easiest way I found was on google earth. Just put in your address and once your home shows up you will see the latitude and longitude on the bottom of the screen.

6. Heat- You should have multiple heating options just like everything else. You should have blankets, extra warm clothes, breakable hand warmers, if you have a fire place wood on hand and the know how to build a fire, a generator is also nice option. Look into camping propane heaters. They can keep you warm and you can cook on them. But be careful when using them they can be dangerous. So read up on them and follow the directions. If you are not going to having power for a while and it’s cold outside move into a medium sized room. You can close it up, put blankets over the windows to help keep the room insulated and keep the doors closed. It’s helpful for a family to bring all bedding into the same room and sleep there as well. Use your body heat.

7. Safety- GUNS and AMMO!! You can never have too much ammo. Make sure you have the adequate training to effectively use your weapons in defensive situations.

Of course I’m not an expert so do your own research too. This is a list to get you thinking and started on emergency preparedness.



This is a LooseRounds.com Q&A session.  If you have a firearms related question please email it to QA@LooseRounds.com. We will post the your questions anonymously and give you our answers.

How do I zero my sights?

Howard:  Well it would help if you told us what sort of sight you are using.  With iron sights, move the rear sight the same direction you want your impacts to go, and the front sight the opposite direction you need your impact to move.

Is the LMT MWS currently for sale the same as military issue?

Howard:  No, the currently LMT MWS is not the same as what was delivered in the order of 440 rifles to the British Military.  If you want the same thing as what they have, you will need to get an early MWS with an early stainless barrel.  Since then, MWS upper has changed, the barrel profile has changed, and the bolt and bolt carrier has changed.  If you do not care about these substantial changes, and just care about the look, you can buy LMT new package called the Sharpshooter.

Who makes the decals on the Pelican case in the articles?

Shawn:  Dogfightink is where you can get the decals.

Is there a screw on front sight installation tool for Glock?

Howard:  Yes, there are several brands of hex headed screw drivers for it.  Any dealer of Glock parts should have some, and it should run you around $10.

Will a Surefire x300 fit on a Sig P226?

Shawn:  If you have a rail on your P226, yes.

Howard:  You will need to buy a rail adapters if your Sig P226 does not come with an accessory rail.

Was the M16A1 used for sniping in Vietnam?

Shawn:  It was unofficially used, and even has a recorded hit out 800m, but offically consideration and testing it was not decided to be the basis of a sniper weapon in the Marine Corps or Army.

When did the Glock Model 20 come out?

Howard:  The 10mm Glock 20 came out around 1991.

Is the Sig 517 a SR25/M110 pattern rifle?

Howard:  The Sig 517 will use the same mags as the SR25/M110.  Other then that they are different.

Do they make a 30 round clip for the Scar-H?

Shawn:  No, no one make a 30 round “clip”, or a 20 or a 5 round “clip” for the SCAR.  The SCAR uses a Magazine.

Howard:  There are aftermarket 25 round mags, I don’t know if there are 30 round mags for it.

glock 36 6 round mag

Howard:  Please use complete sentences for questions.  Standard magazines for the Glock 36 hold 6 rounds.

Is the scar breaking optics?

Howard:  Many sources state that the FN SCAR’s recoil is harsh on optics.  This may be part of the reason why EoTech moved the battery location to being transversely mounted on the new Eotech and why Elcan now has a HD line of optics.

SHOT SHOW 2013: New Bushnell Elite Tactical Rifle Scopes and Spotting Scope

We got a chance to spend some time with Tim Tanker who is the Bushnell Senior Product Manager for Rifle Scopes. Bushnell has really burst onto the tactical scene this past year with some optics from their Elite Tactical line for the precision shooters that are getting good feedback. They are even being seen with some regularity in the special ops community, including last year’s international Sniper Competition. Many are touting these scopes as being as good as the $3000-$4000 scopes from other companies at half the price, which is a huge selling point for most average shooters.

Tim showed us three variable magnification models for this year that stood out.

The Bushnell Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21x50mm comes in FDE or Matte Black, is a first focal plane optic with a G2DMR reticle, and locking zero stop turrets. Price point will be about $1999.

Specs for ERS 3.5-21x 50mm (ET315215GZ, ET315215GZA)
Power / Obj Lens: 3.5-21x 50mm
Finish: Matte, Flat Dark Earth
Length (in / mm): 13 / 332
Reticle: G2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 6 / 154
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 26/8@3.5x / 5/1.5@21x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 50 / 1.3
Weight (oz. / g): 35 / 992
Exit Pupil (mm): 10@3.5x / 2.4@21x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.7 / 95
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21x 50mm

The Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS 4.5-30x50mm is he big boy and comes in Matte Black only, is also first focal plane with G2DMR reticle, and locking zero stop turrets. Price point will be about $2199.

Specs for XRS 4.5-30x 50mm (ET45305GZ)
Power / Obj Lens: 4.5x-30x 50mm
Finish: Matte
Length (in / mm): 10.2 / 265
Reticle: G2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 6.4 / 162
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 24/7.3@4.5x / 3.6/1@30x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 50 / 1.3
Weight (oz. / g): 37 / 1049
Exit Pupil (mm): 9@4.5x / 1.7@30x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.7 / 95
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS 4.5-30x 50mm

And for the close-medium range shooters who need an optic that can work up close or reach out to longer ranges, like 3 gunners for example, they’ve introduced the Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS 1-8.5×24 with illuminated red dot. It comes in Matte Black with a first focal plane illuminated BTR-2 reticle w/ 10 brightness settings, and again zero stop locking target turrets. Price point will be about $1999.

Specs for SMRS 1-8.5x 24mm (ET18524)
Power / Obj Lens: 1.8.5x 24mm
Finish: Matte
Length (in / mm): 10.2 / 265
Reticle: Illuminated BTR-2
Mounting Length (in / mm): 7.4 / 188
Field of View (ft@100 yds. / m@100 m): 105/32@1x 14/4@8.5x
Adj Range in@100yds/ m@100m: 60 / 1.5
Weight (oz. / g): 23 / 652
Exit Pupil (mm): 13.2@1x / 3.2@8.5x
Eye Relief (in / mm): 3.5 / 8.9
Click Value in@100 yds / mm@100m: 0.34 / 10

Bushnell Elite Tactical SMRS  1-8.5x 24mm

All three scopes have good optical clarity when zoomed in and feel durable as would be expected.

They will also introduce this year the Bushnell Elite Tactical LMSS 8-40x60mm Spotting Scope. This compact spotter has a durable coating around the outside, and will come with or without a reticule to match your rifle scope.

Specs for Elite Tactical LMSS 8-40x 60mm (780840)
Magnification: 8-40x
Objective: 60
Prism Glass: BaK-4
Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View: 50 / 16@40x / 250 / 83@8x
Exit Pupil(mm): 1.5@40x / 5@8x
Close Focus: 30 ft.
Weight(oz. / g): 37.1 / 1053
Length(in / mm): 12.7 / 323
Waterproof / Fogproof : Yes
Other Eye Pieces Available: –
Eye Relief: 30
Color: Sand

Bushnell Elite Tactical LMSS Spotting Scope



Reflex Mag Pouch

When I saw this video I thought about how I would have loved to have this product while I was in.  Reinserting mags and pulling a single mag  from the SDS double mag pouch was sometimes a pain.

As for how good this product, I don’t know, but it sure is a nifty idea.

They can be purchased and you can find more information here.